Throwback: Happy 76th birthday, Patti Smith!

December is a busy month in music history:

The legendary and incomparable Patti Smith celebrates her 76th birthday today. Her influence on almost every singer/songwriter has been towering.

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing her live on a couple of occasions, including catching her open for Neil Young at Madison Square Garden. (I also saw her interview Neil Young at Book Expo, right around the time his memoir was released.) Every time, she was mesmerizing. Let’s celebrate Patti’s life and work. Happy birthday, Patti! May there been many, many more!